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Volume 2-2016

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Currently on RARadio:

"On to the Next One" by Jacqueline Van Bierk

"I See You Tiger" by Via Tania

"Lost the Plot" by Amoureux"

Bright Eyes, Black Soul" by The Lovers Key

"Cool Thing" by Sassparilla

"These Halls I Dwell" by Michael Butler

"St. Francis"by Tom Russell & Gretchen Peters, performance by Gretchen Peters and Barry Walsh; 

"Who Do You Love?"by Elizabeth Kay; 

"Rebirth"by Caterpillars; 

"Monica's Frock" by Signel-Z; 

"Natural Disasters" by Corey Landis; 

"1,000 Leather Tassels" by The Blank Tapes; 

"We Are All Stone" and "Those Machines" by Outer Minds; 

"Another Dream" by MMOSS; "Susannah" by Woolen Kits; 

Jim Morrison, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and other dead celebrities / news by A SECRET PARTY;

"I Miss the Day" by My Secret Island,  

"Carriers of Light" by Brendan James;

"The Last Time" by Model Stranger;

"Last Call" by Jay;

"Darkness" by Leonard Cohen; 

"Sweetbread" by Simian Mobile Disco and "Keep You" fromActress off the Chronicle movie soundtrack; 

"Goodbye to Love" from October Dawn; 

Trouble in Mind 2011 label sampler; 

Black Box Revelation Live on Minnesota Public Radio;

Apteka "Striking Violet"; 

Mikal Cronin's "Apathy" and "Get Along";

Dana deChaby's progressive rock

 

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ATWOOD - "A Toiler's Weird Odyssey of Deliverance" -AVAILABLE NOW FOR KINDLE (INCLUDING KINDLE COMPUTER APPS) FROM AMAZON.COM. Use this link.

CCJ Publisher Rick Alan Rice dissects the building of America in a trilogy of novels collectively calledATWOOD. Book One explores the development of the American West through the lens of public policy, land planning, municipal development, and governance as it played out in one of the new counties of Kansas in the latter half of the 19th Century. The novel focuses on the religious and cultural traditions that imbued the American Midwest with a special character that continues to have a profound effect on American politics to this day. Book One creates an understanding about America's cultural foundations that is further explored in books two and three that further trace the historical-cultural-spiritual development of one isolated county on the Great Plains that stands as an icon in the development of a certain brand of American character. That's the serious stuff viewed from high altitude. The story itself gets down and dirty with the supernatural, which in ATWOOD - A Toiler's Weird Odyssey of Deliveranceis the outfall of misfires in human interactions, from the monumental to the sublime. The book features the epic poem "The Toiler" as well as artwork by New Mexico artist Richard Padilla.

Elmore Leonard Meets Larry McMurtry

Western Crime Novel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am offering another novel through Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing service. Cooksin is the story of a criminal syndicate that sets its sights on a ranching/farming community in Weld County, Colorado, 1950. The perpetrators of the criminal enterprise steal farm equipment, slaughter cattle, and rob the personal property of individuals whose assets have been inventoried in advance and distributed through a vast system of illegal commerce.

It is a ripping good yarn, filled with suspense and intrigue. This was designed intentionally to pay homage to the type of creative works being produced in 1950, when the story is set. Richard Padilla has done his usually brilliant work in capturing the look and feel of a certain type of crime fiction being produced in that era. The whole thing has the feel of those black & white films you see on Turner Movie Classics, and the writing will remind you a little of Elmore Leonard, whose earliest works were westerns. Use this link.

 

EXPLORE THE KINDLE BOOK LIBRARY

If you have not explored the books available from Amazon.com's Kindle Publishing division you would do yourself a favor to do so. You will find classic literature there, as well as tons of privately published books of every kind. A lot of it is awful, like a lot of traditionally published books are awful, but some are truly classics. You can get the entire collection of Shakespeare's works for two bucks.

You do not need to buy a Kindle to take advantage of this low-cost library. Use this link to go to an Amazon.com page from which you can download for free a Kindle App for your computer, tablet, or phone.

Amazon is the largest, but far from the only digital publisher. You can find similar treasure troves atNOOK Press (the Barnes & Noble site), Lulu, and others.


 

 

60 Years of Best Songs 

BY RAR

In my household we have a diversity of opinion about which decades have yielded the best popular music. Each feels distinctly different from the next. I'm a '60s and '80s guy, while my wife is more '60s and '70s. My 19-year old and his friends are 1990s leaning, while my 21 year old and her friends are pretty much 21st Century types. Thank goodness for Sirius Satellite Radio and digital connections for our devices, which allow these fights to manifest in sonic form on our car radios.

I find the New Musical Express (NME) to be about as good a source as there is for cataloging popular music - they've been doing it since 1949 - and they keep an interesting list of what their contributors consider the top 100 songs from each decade. This is, of course, entirely subjective, but NME's good work provides a handy reference for getting a high altitude view of significant hits from each decade, which in turn allows some measure for the analysis of how popular music has evolved over time.

The 1960s were the first full Pop/Rock decade, stocking our collective shelves with Surf Rock, British Invasion Rock, Folk Rock, and Rhythm & Blues. In the 1970s, music splintered further into genre forms, including an eclectic brew that ranged from Metal, Glitter and Punk Rock to Country and Jazz Rock; and, of course, it gave us Disco. The 1980s rode in on an age of MTV-inspired Hair Rock, but New Wave helped to further develop Alternative Rock, and we experienced the first wave of Rhythm and Poetry (Rap) Music. The 1990s expanded Rap to become Hip-Hop and a revised form of R&B, and Rock turned Grunge. The first decade of the 21st Century gave us Beyonce, Taylor Swift, and Lady Gaga. The second decade or the 21st Century has, thus far, given us Adele, all of which may indicate a trend of some kind, the most apparent being that music has become a thing that is mostly being purchased by women. Let that sink in, just a bit, as you look over these videos of top singles (1960s-2000s), which are a little testosterone heavy. Things, in our world, have changed, though the winds swirling around Pop music these days seem a little insignificant. Check out LADY GAGA: BAROMETER IN HORSE LATITUDES.

Those Top 10 records all reference singles, and they are more about NME's subjective opinion regarding quality or cultural importance than rankings based entirely on sales numbers.

Provided below are videos of the tunes that NME has selected as the top 10 from each period. It's good for discussion purposes, and it will likely stir some memories.- RAR

Click on the decades listed below to go to the NME website to see the full list of 100 top songs per decade.

 

1960s

1970s

1980s

1990s

2000s

1

THE BEATLES

"A Day In the Life"

SEX PISTOLS

"God Save the Queen"

NEW ORDER

"Blue Monday"

PULP

"Common People"

BEYONCE

"Crazy In Love"

 

2

THE RONETTES

"Be My Baby"

FLEETWOOD MAC

"Go Your Own Way"

NEW ORDER

"Love Will Tear Us Apart"

NIRVANA

"Smells Like Teen Spirit"

MGMT

"Time to Pretend"

3

THE BEACH BOYS

"Good Vibrations"

THE CLASH

"London Calling"

THE SMITHS

"How Soon Is Now"

SUEDE

"Stay Together"

THE STROKES

"Hard to Explain"

4

JIMI HENDRIX

"All Along the Watchtower"

DAVID BOWIE

"Heroes"

TALKING HEADS

"Once In A Lifetime"

RADIOHEAD

"Paranoid Android"

M.I.A.

"Paper Planes"

5

THE SHANGRA-LAS

"Leader of the Pack"

THE RAMONES

"Blitzkrieg Bop"

SPECIALS

"Ghost Town"

MANIC STREET PREACHERS

"Motorcycle Emptiness"

OUTKAST

"Hey Ya!"

6

VELVET UNDERGROUND

"I'm Waiting for the Man"

DONNA SUMMER

"I Feel Love"

PRINCE

"When Doves Cry"

OASIS

"Supersonic"

THE RAPTURE

"House of Jealous Lovers"

7

THE ROLLING STONES

"Sympathy for the Devil"

BLONDIE

"Heart of Glass"

NENEH CHERRY

"Buffalo Stance"

BEASTIE BOYS

"Sabotage"

KLAXONS

"Golden Skans"

8

ELVIS PRESLEY

"Suspicious Minds"

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

"Born to Run"

THE CURE

"In Between Days"

DAFT PUNK

"Da Funk"

BLUR

"Out of Time"

9

BOB DYLAN

"Like A Rolling Stone"

MIchael jackson

"Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough"

NEW ORDER

"Bizarre Love Triangle"

McAlmont & Butler

"Yes"

ARCADE FIRE

"Rebellion"

10

MARVIN GAYE

"Heard It Through the Grapevine"

WINGS

"Band On the Run"

ERIC B & RAKIM

"Paid in Full"

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE

"Killing In the Name"

ARCTIC MONKEYS

"A Certain Romance"

ALBUM SALES 2011-2015

The videos provided below are top singles from each of the top selling LPs over the 2011-2015 period.

TOP SELLER 2015 AND 2016 (so far)

ADELE - 25

TOP SELLER 2014

ED SHEERAN - X

TOP SELLER 2013

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE - THE 20/20 EXPERIENCE

TOP SELLER 2012

EMELI SANDE - OUR VERSION OF EVENTS (NUMBER 1)

TOP SELLER 2011

ADELE - 21

 


 

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